October 26, 2005 Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’ says Iran.
The Financial Times has the article, but you may find the same news in the New York Times which you do not need to subscribe to. Some say the comments by the imprudent leader of Iran are just .... words and no one takes him seriously. The question is not whether anyone in the UK or Egypt or Saudi Arabia or the US take him seriously, it is - whether his words could have an effect upon someone in Iran or the West Bank or Afghanistan or Iraq to wage war with the intention of 'wiping Israel off the map'. If so - his words are a concern and should be taken seriously - as seriously as he intended them. He is not, by the way, suggesting we erase the map and leave the people.
This article was noteworthy in October 2005. Since then, the leader of Iran has said it so many times it is no different than asking him what time it is.
Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’ says Iran
By Gareth Smyth in Tehran
Published: October 26 2005 21:26
Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, Iran’s fundamentalist president, on Wednesday declared that Israel should be “wiped off the map” and warned Arab countries against developing economic ties with Israel in response to its withdrawal from Gaza.
His remarks, delivered at a conference in Tehran entitled “A World without Zionism”, led to diplomatic protests by the UK, France and Spain, while Shimon Peres, Israel’s deputy prime minister, said Iran should be expelled from the United Nations.